So it's been a while since I've posted. I've been pretty busy with work, planning the Hawai'i trip, and selling parts from the parts car. Our garden is coming along quite nicely, save for the storm last week that pulverized the leafier plants with marble-sized hail. We didn't lose anything, but it's going to take a while for several plants to recover, one being the Edgeworthia.
My CRX is coming together nicely. I'm super excited that my car is looking so nice. Back in January it was pretty much a POS with an idle problem, leaking brake fluid, and a beat-up, dirty interior with two inches of water in the floorboards. Since then I have replaced nearly the entire interior from the seats back with parts given to me in trade. They were in much better shape, and now I have the complete cargo cover/divider setup like in the DX and Si (the HF model did not have these parts to save weight). I replaced the center console, center dash vents with clock, floor mats, stereo, and door handle backing up front. I read online and learned how to "burp" the cooling system. The result, no more idle problem!
From the parts car I also grabbed a hood hinge to replace the rust-eaten broken one that came on the car. I had to do a little body repair, stripping paint and rust, priming and repainting the area underneath where the hinge bolts on, to get it ready for the new hinge, which I will have to re-paint to match the white. Once that's done, I'm going to replace the driver's side brake line to the caliper, with a donor part. I'm a little nervous about brake work, but I've read up on it and feel confident I can do the job. Lastly, the hatch area needs serious attention. There's major rust issues that were hastily JB-Welded by the person who sold me the car. I'll have to remove all that, then use body filler to fill the holes left behind, then I'll probably sand the entire hatch area and repaint it. The whole car really needs to be completely stripped, sandblasted, bondoed, repainted and reassembled. I don't have the time or money for that action, so I'll do my best. I'm hoping to sell it this summer once I get everything fixed. If anybody you know needs a 40-45mpg car for a great price, let me know :)
The Hawai'i trip could consume a whole 'nuther post, so I'll trim it down. We are going to be there for 13 days, 10 on Oahu, three on Kaua'i. The middle seven days Maree and I are staying in a top-floor condo on Waikiki beach with my parents. Yay thanks Mom and Dad for sharing the space! It's their 60th birthdays this year, and their wedding anniversary will occur while there. My mom was born in Hawai'i and lived there until she was 5 or so, so she has fond memories and has been back several times since. It will be fun to run around with my mom and have her point things out to me.
The first place we are staying at in Oahu is in the city of Kailua. The place is this crazy-cute studio behind a house, called the Mango Hideaway. The pics with the word "Mango" in the caption are of our studio. Cute!!! It's right across the street from the city's beach park, and there is a kayak that we can borrow for free! We still haven't booked a place in Kauai, though we are real close with one that's on the north shore in a rural area near Wainiha. Rental cars are set, we saved close to $50-60 by using coupon codes that we found on neotravel.com. Thought I'd plug them since their codes actually worked.
On a more local, present-day oreinted note, I've been buying records again. I found one record that I'd been searching for for three years on eBay and I won it (along with two other albums)! In the past month or so I picked up.
Blonde Redhead - 23
Headphones - self-titled
Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes
The Elected - Me First
Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
My Morning Jacket - Acoustic Citsuoga
Yo La Tengo - May I Sing With Me, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out,
and I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One